Canadian Dietetics Registration Exam

The Canadian Dietetics Registration Examination (CDRE) is a national examination developed and administered by the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies. The CDRE is a requirement for registration in all provinces except Quebec.

The CDRE is a four-hour, computerized, multiple-choice examination designed to test the practice-based knowledge, application, and critical thinking skills required to competently and safely practice dietetics. The CDRE is administered in May and November each year at sites across Canada. 

Exam Date

The next sitting of the CDRE will be in November 2017.  Candidates may choose to write on a day between November 27 and December 2.  Register early! Seats are filled on a first come-first serve basis. 

Registration Deadlines

The application for temporary membership is also the application to write the next sitting of the CDRE. Submission of the online application form is due October 2 for eligibility to write the November 2017 CDRE.  Please note that transcripts and confirmation of internship letters may be submitted after the application deadline.

A candidate must be registered as a temporary member in order to write the CDRE. CLICK HERE for information about how to apply for temporary membership.

2017 Preparation Guide

The Guide includes information about the exam, sample exam questions, and a reference list.

  • Click HERE to view the May 2017 Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam Preparation Guide.  The November 2017 Preparation Guide will be posted in July 2017.

Please contact NSDA for a copy of the Guide in French. 


Integrated Competencies

In compliance with CSA’s Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information, NSDA wishes to advise writers of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE) that your name and contact information will be sent to Assessment Strategies Inc., the exam developer and to Pearson VUE the company that provides exam writing centers for the CDRE. This information will be collected, used and disclosed according to their privacy policies. Your personal information is subject to U.S. laws, including the USA Patriot Act.